Minnesota Drive By...
After years spent living on both coasts, I arrived in the Twin Cities knowing next to nothing about the state other than a pro wrestler was once a governor, Hubert Humphrey, a 1960’s era US vice president, was a native son, Prince grew up in Minneapolis, and winters are long and brutally cold. So, beginning in 2018, on many drives outside the metro area, north to Duluth and back to the Twin Cities with camera in hand, I took in the passing scenery and got a sense of the state whizzing by at 70 miles per hour.
Minnesota, like many US states in 2021, is a state of political and social contrasts. Drive thirty minutes in any direction outside of the relatively liberal and ethnically diverse Twin Cities metro area and you’ll soon discover more exurbs and small rural farming towns that are predominantly white and conservative both politically and socially.
This is an ongoing project.